Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gatefold card tutorial by Diane

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this Gatefold Valentine featuring Copic markers and glittering techniques. I tried to resist blinging it up further, but decided to follow the less is more philosophy.

To make this card, you will need the Polly Pippin in Love digital stamp, red and black glitter, and light gray, slightly darker gray, yellow, honey, walnut, red, and black Copic  markers. You'll also some pink cardstock, coordinating paper scraps, adhesive, a couple of buttons and two three-dimensional glue dots.

Let's start by downloading  Polly Pippin in Love digital stamp from Digital Delights by Looby Loo. Then, using  your favorite graphic software, resize Polly to measure  4” tall and 3 ¼” wide.

Of course, it’s always nice to know that our stamp fits the card, so I would suggest cutting your cardstock base next.  In this case, I used pink cardstock from my stash.  I like using 8 ½” x 11” paper for cutting cardstock bases because I can get two cards out of one sheet without a lot of extra scraps to deal with.

So, if we cut our cardstock in half horizontally, we should end uwith a 4  ¼”  x 11” pink card base. Next, we want to score card base for gatefold measurements: 2 ¾” from the left and 8 ¼” from the left. Fold and set aside.

Now comes the fun part, applying color. Unlike the Prismacolor pencils which blends from dark to light, Copics work better working from light to dark. That's why Polly's first layer is light gray (Copic Ciao C-1 Cool Gray). Using a circular motion, apply the light gray to Polly's  head, body and ears. Don't you love those eyes? She's just too cute.
Now it's time to step things up a bit. Again, using a circular motion apply slightly darker gray Copic color (Copic Ciao C-3 Cool No. 3) to the inside edge of Pippin’s head and ears and along the shadowed areas above the nose and along the leading edge of the arms. Then take the Light Gray (C-1)  to feather the edges of C3 until you've blended it to your satisfaction.

We certainly can't have such a cute face without a bit of blush now can we? Again using a circular motion, lay in color with Copic Ciao R201, Blush, along Pippin’s checks and inside ears. You can feather it into the design with Copic C1.

I played with several different colors before I settled on Polly's flowers. I thought that Copic's Y08 Acid Yellow on petals and Y38 Honey in flower’s center worked fine. Then I added a hint of Light Walnut (E57) around the edge of the flower center and at the base of each petal. I blended the center with Y38 and the petals with Y08.

Apply RV29 (Copic Crimson) on Pippin’s dress and Copic 100 for the black trim. Copic RV21 (Sketch Marker Light Pink) inside the heart and RV29 (Copic Lipstick Red) to the heart’s outer edge adds a wonderful frivolous element to our project. But now it's time to add a little bling.

I opted for using traditional glitter rather than the popular glitter glue that's on the market today. Using a Sakura Quickie Glue pen, color trim of Pippin’s dress and sprinkle Sparkle N Sprinkle G1020 Black Ice Opaque Glitter over the still-wet glue. Tap extra glitter onto coffee filter and return it to the glitter jar. Using a Zig 2-Way Squeeze and Roll Glue, apply glue to the red trim of heart image. Drop Sparkle N Sprinkle G1007 Fire Engine Red Opaque glitter over the still-wet glue. Tap excess onto coffee filter and return it to the glitter jar. Set Pippin aside.

For a finishing touch, I used my Copic Spica 12 (Silver glitter pen), dot silver glitter on the strings holding the swing. Cut two strips of coordinating paper 2 ¼” x 4 ¼”, glue strips onto outside panels of gatefold, and chalk with coordinating ink. I used the black polka dot sheets from Close To My Heart’s Sweetheart Level 2 Paper Pack (X7134B) and Close to My Heart’s Black Exclusive Inks Black (Z2105).

Now it's time to trim the excess paper way from our stunning artwork. Cut along the outter edges of the Pippin heart image and apply adhesive to the left hand backside of the heart. Press the glued part to the left panel leaving the right hand side of the heart to overlap onto the right side flap.

I added two buttons (one on each side) with the right one close enough to secure the Pippin heart and keep the card closed. I used a three-dimensional glue dot to raise the button enough to easily hold the heart.
All that's left is to select an appropriate sentiment such as Digital Delights by Looby Loo’s Happy Valentine’s Day, Loving You, or Forever Yours sentiments. Print it on white cardstock, cutting it down to 5” x 4 ¼”. Apply adhesive to the back of the sentiment card and center it on the middle section of the gatefold card.

Have a great day